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Restaurant owner and two workers rape 5 young girls in store and nearby hotel after promising to make them models

By Mason White 5:31 PM April 21, 2016
James Ruehle (left) Michael McDougal (center) and Kert Birtwhistle 

By: Wayne Morin
A restaurant owner and his two workers were arrested on a charge of sexual abuse after raping at least five young girls in his store and in a hotel, police in the United Kingdom said.

Now, 68-year-old James Ruehle, 31-year-old Michael McDougal, and 21-year-old Kert Birtwhistle, all of Preston, have been sentenced to a total of 23 years in prison after being convicted of numerous counts of sexual abuse.

Ruehle, the owner of the Chicago Hot Dogs restaurant, and his two employees McDougal and Birtwhistle, sexually abused five girls aged between 14 and 17 over a period of several months.

A court was told that these young girls were abused in a busy restaurant that was a front for very evil things that were going on behind the scenes.

The girls had been specifically lured by the men in order to be sexually exploited. They were sexually harassed and groomed by all three men at the restaurant.

They were also taken to a nearby hotel, where they were plied with alcohol, cannabis, cigarettes and money before being sexually abused.

The men posed as professional photographers and promised the girls that they would make them models if they posed for indecent photographs.

They then subjected them to serious and prolonged sexual assaults while photographing and filming them.

Ruehle was sentenced to 10 years and 4 months in prison, while McDougal was sentenced to 9 years in prison and Birtwhistle was sentenced to 4 years and 6 months in prison.